Detroit (MI) Fire Department Lieutenant Killed in Shooting at Gas Station

Emma Stein

Detroit Free Press

(MCT)

A Detroit Fire Department member was killed in a road rage-fueled shooting at a gas station in Troy on Monday night.

A white Jeep Cherokee followed the victim, Senior Lt. Francis Dombrowski, into a Shell gas station at 3990 Rochester Road, where a verbal altercation began. This escalated into a shooting, according to an early Tuesday morning news release.

Dombrowski was transported to Troy Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Troy Police Sgt. Jason Clark.

Clark said both vehicles were involved in the road rage altercation, and gas station security cameras captured the incident.

“Senior Lt. Francis Dombrowski served the citizens of Detroit and the Detroit Fire Department with honor and distinction for 29 years,” said Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones in a statement. “We are deeply saddened to hear about his tragic loss. He will be missed by his family, friends and his family here at the Detroit Fire Department.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he stands with the Detroit Fire Department and Dombrowski will be “missed terribly.”

Troy Police Department got the call reporting the shooting at 9:44 p.m. on Monday, the release said.

The driver and the passenger of the Jeep Cherokee came into the Troy Police Department on Monday night and the suspect was taken into custody. The police believe the shooter, who fired multiple rounds, was the passenger.

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“(Road rage) is something that we are very concerned about,” Clark said. “And we do see rising cases of them, and they seem to be becoming more and more violent.”

Contact Emma Stein: estein@freepress.com.

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